Kashmiris strike, India 'ends curfew'

Still, thousands of security forces in battle fatigues patrolled some residential areas in Srinagar, Kashmir's summer capital, asking people to stay indoors, witnesses said.

Kashmiris strike, India 'ends curfew'

Indian authorities lifted a six-day curfew on Sunday most of Muslim-majority Kashmir valley, but a strike called by pro-independence leaders to protest against recent civilian killings kept shops and offices closed.

Indian security forces have been struggling to control a wave of demonstrations in the Kashmir valley after being accused of killing 15 civilians -- many of them teenagers -- in a month.

Still, thousands of security forces in battle fatigues patrolled some residential areas in Srinagar, Kashmir's summer capital, asking people to stay indoors, witnesses said.

"There are prohibitory orders in some parts of the city as well as in some other districts, but curfew has been lifted from the valley," Muzaffar Ahmad, a police official said.

The curfew had been imposed in Srinagar last Tuesday to contain protests after three people were killed in firing by police and paramilitary troops.

Much of Kashmir remained shut down on Sunday after Muslim leaders urged people to observe a strike to protest against Indian rule of the region and the civilian deaths.

Meanhwile, members of the Kashmir based media also protested in Srinagar what they said is a gag by the Indian authorities since a recent surge in anti-India protests. The authorities ordered the army to return for the first time in almost two decades.

In 1948, the United Nations adopted a resolution calling for a referendum for Kashmir to determine whether the Himalayan region should be part of India and Pakistan. Kashmiris say fight against India since it rejected to hold referendum in Kashmiri territory.

India maintains a massive troop presence in Kashmir.

Agencies



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